Review: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace (2018)
Very comfortable and spacious. Ideal for long journeys. High quality interior with seven seats as standard. Well equipped as standard.
Not exactly exciting to drive...
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace (2018): At A Glance
- New prices start from £30,685, brokers can source from £23,727
- Contract hire deals from £228.34 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 15–27
- On average it achieves 77% of the official MPG figure
It may look like a lot like its standard namesake, but the Tiguan Allspace is a much considerably bigger SUV. And that gives it the space to offer one key difference - seven seats. That's something even the bigger Touareg can't match - in fact, this is Volkswagen's only seven-seat SUV.
Essentially this is Volkswagen's version of the Skoda Kodiaq and has many of the same features. The rear seats can be folded into the floor when not needed and it has the same 700 litres of boot space.
Like the Skoda, what the Allspace does so well is to offer comfort and space. Lots of space. As you'd expect of a big SUV, there are no problems with headroom and in the back there's acres of legroom. The extra row of seats is actually pretty decent too, although as with most seven-seaters of this kind, best for 'occassional' use.
The interior has the usual Volkswagen hallmarks of quality and user-friendliness. Yes it's all a bit grey and dull, but everything works as it should and it's all intuitive. The infotainment system is Volkswagen's next-generation Discover Pro system which is bright, clear and easy to operate. All models get navigation as standard too.
Driving the Tiguan Allspace is best described as 'undemanding'. There's little to get excited about here, but then that's the case with the majority of large SUVs this size. Instead you can view it as enjoyably relaxing - it goes about its business with the minimum of fuss.
The engine range is your usual Volkswagen stuff. So most on the roads are the 2.0 TDI which, while not quiet, suits the Tiguan well. We'd avoid the DSG with the 150 version as it can be quite hesitant, but there are no issues with the manual gearbox. If you're not doing big mileages there's the 1.4 TSI with two-wheel drive or a 2.0 TSI 4Motion - although the latter of which will prove pretty thirsty.
If you want to tow with your Tiguan Allspace, the top 2.0 TDI 240 4Motion can pull a braked trailer of 2500kg maximum, while the lower powered 4Motion versions of the same engine can pull 2400kg. You can also get Trailer Assist as an option (it's part of an £800 package) which lets you steer using the mirror adjustment switch - it sounds odd, but it's more intuitive than using the steering wheel.
With list prices starting at around £30,000, the Tiguan is reasonably competitive with the seven-seat SUV competition. An equivalent Kodiaq is a few hundred pounds cheaper, although the Allspace can't match a similarly equipped Peugeot 5008 on price.
If comfort and practicality are your key concerns in an SUV - and you want something with an upmarket feel - the Tiguan Allspace is likely to tick all the right boxes.
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Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace (2018): What's It Like Inside?
The Allspace adds around 21cm to the overall length of the standard Tiguan. Now that may not sound that much, but combined with a longer wheelbase, it means a considerable increase in interior space. This feels like a more spacious car than the already roomy Tiguan.
Of course where that extra space comes into its own is with the addition of a third row of seats. As with most seven-seater SUVs, these aren't the most comfortable of seats - they're more for occassional use (and there's no Isofix back here) but they're still useful if you need to carry a few extra kids on the school run or to football training on a Saturday morning.
The middle row of seats is very generous when it comes to space though and while it's a bit of a squeeze with three adults side-by-side, there are no complaints about the amount of head and legroom. The outer two have Isofix points and the rear seats also have their own climate control. There are also flip up tables for those in the back - always a winner with kids.
And if you want outright carrying capacity for those fun trips to Ikea, all the rear seats fold down almost flat to create a huge carrying area. The front passenger seat folds down too. Just in case you've bought a rug with all those tea lights.
The boot is bigger than the standard Tiguan with the extra rear seats folded down plus it has a nice wide opening and a low load lip. It means you can easily get a pushchair in her and still have more than enough room for your big weekly shop. With those extra seats up, the boot space is drastically reduced as you'd expect, but you can still get a few soft sports bags back there.
Up front, the Allspace is identical to the standard Tiguan. That means incredibly comfortable seats with lots of support (they're height adjustable as standard too) plus that raised driving position that you want in an SUV.
The interior isn't the most exciting to look at, but it's very easy to get on with, thanks to the user-friendly Volkswagen Discover Pro infotainment system with its big 8.0-inch touchscreen. Navigation is standard on all models too.
And as you'd expect of a family SUV there's lots of useful storage including bulging door pockets, clever rotating slide out cup holders behind the gear lever plus a large central cubby underneath the armrest.
Everything is typical Volkswagen quality with high-end materials used and a lovely feel to all the controls and buttons. The finish of the interior is top notch and the built quality feels solid.
Standard equipment from launch:
SE Nav models have third row of fold-flat seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors, 3Zone climate control, Volkswagen’s Discover Navigation infotainment system with an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen, satellite navigation, DAB radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Front Assist and City emergency braking.
SEL adds Active Info Display, 19-inch alloy wheels, front sports seats with 14-way adjustment, hands-free boot opening and a panoramic sunroof.
R-Line comes with 20-inch ‘Suzuka’ alloy wheels, sports suspension lowered by 15 mm, a body-coloured rear spoiler and black interior rooflining.
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What's the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace (2018) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.4 TSI 150 DSG to 2.0 TSI 220 DSG 4Motion
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 31–45 mpg
The Tiguan Allspace is unlikely to win any awards for driver excitment, but it does have its strengths. For one, it's extremely comfortable. The ride quality is excellent and along with impressive noise insulation, it makes for a very quiet and relaxed travelling experience.
Even over poorly surfaced roads and rough tarmac, the Allspace remains impressively smooth and composed with little vibration making its way into the cabin or steering column. If you want a car for long distance comfort - it's ideal.
Volkswagen makes much of its Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC) system which allows you to change the suspension between sport and comfort modes. But given how good the standard set-up is, we'd be tempted to give it a miss and save some money.
It may not be exciting, but the Allspace actually handles very well. There's less body roll in corners than many other big SUVs and it feels more agile than a Skoda Kodiaq. The steering is a little light but there's plenty of grip from the front tyres and at speed, the Allspace feels reassuringly stable.
Most models are the 2.0 TDI engine and the standard model with 150PS should provide more than enough performance for most due in no small part to the 240Nm of torque which means strong low down pulling power. It should prove economical too - expect around late 40s in real world driving for the 2WD model. Check Real MPG for the latest figures.
We'd avoid the DSG here and go for the manual - the dual clutch automatic tends to be quite hesitant. But if you move up to the more powerful 190PS and the top 240PS versions of the 2.0 TDI, you'll have no choice as both are DSG and 4Motion only.
The TDI is pretty noisy on start up like any four-cylinder diesel, but it quietens down on the move and little sound makes its way into the cabin unless you really rev it. Which isn't necessary. We found the 150PS model to be more than adequate for everyday driving and never feels underpowered.
If you don't want diesel then there's the excellent 1.4 TSI which is ideal for around town driving yet will happily cope with the odd motorway journey. It has 150PS and comes as front-wheel drive only. The other petrol is the 2.0 TSI 180PS which although quiet, is poor on fuel. It's best avoided if you want to keep costs down.
|1.4 TSI 150||46 mpg||9.5 s||137 g/km|
|1.4 TSI 150 DSG||44 mpg||9.5 s||148 g/km|
|1.5 TSI 150||47 mpg||10.0 s||154 g/km|
|1.5 TSI 150 DSG||46 mpg||9.5 s||143 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150||57–59 mpg||9.7–9.8 s||129–131 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 4Motion||50 mpg||9.9 s||150 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 DSG||46–55 mpg||9.7–9.8 s||132–135 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 DSG 4Motion||48–52 mpg||9.8–9.9 s||146–153 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190 DSG 4Motion||48–50 mpg||8.2–8.6 s||147–153 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 240 DSG 4Motion||44–44 mpg||6.2–6.7 s||170 g/km|
|2.0 TSI 180 DSG 4Motion||37 mpg||8.2 s||175 g/km|
|2.0 TSI 190 DSG 4Motion||34–39 mpg||7.8 s||-|
|2.0 TSI 220 DSG 4Motion||34 mpg||6.2 s||165 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace (2018)
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